Etchings in the Sand…

Thoughts and Photos from the Desert…

Monthly Archives: September 2006


“If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.”

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Hope is to leave unanswered questions unanswered and unknown futures unknown.  
Hope makes you see God's guiding hand not only in the gentle and pleasant moments 
but also in the shadows of disappointment and darkness.  

-- Henri J. M. Nouwen in "Secrets of a Good Life"

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Ever stop to think how hard it is to get going on almost every self-motivated discipline in our lives?  Or how beneficial when we do carry through?


If photographs are messages, the message is both transparent and mysterious. “A photograph is a secret about a secret,” as Diane Arbus observed. The more it tells you, the less you know.

Susan Sontag


Why is it that when someone says, “I’m going to be honest with you…”  I get very nervous?

Houses of God…

“Let there always be quiet, dark churches
in which people can take refuge….
Houses of God filled with his silent presence.
even when they do not know how to pray,
at least they
can be still and breathe easily.”

– Thomas Merton. New Seeds of Contemplation



(Chimayo in New Mexico)